Mandan News

Diane Boit: Mandan girls are softball champs, 1937


25 Years Ago – 1987

The grand opening to celebrate a new location for Mandan Realty was held on Sept 9. Ollie Arenz, owner of Mandan Realty, moved business to 107 Fourth Ave. N.W., across from the Elks Club. Other members of the Mandan Realty team are Maggie Thilmony, Lovilla Schuch and Linda Roth.

The Mandan Braves girls’ basketball team, coached by Greg Amundson, defeated the Valley City Hi-Liners, 55-51. Leading the scoring for Mandan were Jeanette Fox, with 18, and Stephanie Dietrich, 17. Scoring four points each were Kelly Heck, Cheryl Voge, Melissa Ulmer and Laura Gerding. LeAnn Moldenhauer and Barb Coghlan each scored two points.

Gaming fund distributions by the Mandan American Legion totaled $49,770 for the second quarter of 1987. Among the recipients are: Legion baseball, $12,000; Mandan Park Board, $10,000 for Legion baseball field improvements; Veterans Relief Fund, $5,000; Mandan Community Center, $1,520 for bleachers and lighting; Mandan Chamber of Commerce, $1,300 for the sign on Crying Hill.


50 Years Ago – 1962

Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Weinhandl took all honors in the Gladioli division of the Fall Flower Show held at the World War Memorial building in Mandan. Mrs. J.G. Fogle won the gold medal in floral arrangements. First prizes were also awarded Mrs. Russell Hughes for a marigolds display, to Mrs. Jake Schlosser for her single purple, single striped and single pink petunias, and to John Thysell, Bismarck, for his nasturtiums entry.

A bumper crop in honey is expected this year by partners, Howard Hendrickson and Clifford Feil, both of Mandan. They’re predicting a yield of 3,000 pounds of honey from their 24 hives.

This year’s Custer Drama concluded with a horse race which began at the Mandan Peavey Elevator lot and ending at the amphitheater, south of the city. J. C. Whitman, an 18-year-old horseman from Parshall, beat out 10 other entrants and won the race in 19 minutes for the lion’s share of the $100 prize. Coming in second and third were Ralph Vinge and Jim Zoller, both of Bismarck. Unfortunately, the race was marred by the death, due to a heart attack, of an 11-year old thoroughbred gelding ridden by Gerald Hanson, Mandan.

Newspapers around the world marked the one-year of the Berlin Wall built by Russia’s Communists. For years, Berlin had been the escape route for hundreds of thousands of refugees. In 1961 alone, before the wall was erected, 195,000 East Germans escaped to West Germany.


75 Years Ago – 1937

Before August drew to a close, the Mandan girls softball team out-slugged and out-fielded the Bismarck Triangle shop ten to gain a 20 to 15 victory and the championship of the first annual Missouri Slope women’s softball tournament, which was held on the new diamond ball field north of Hughes field in Bismarck. Fifteen teams participated in the Bismarck tourney. Mandan’s hard-hitting girls entered the finals after a first round win over Linton, 33 to 3; an 18 to 5 victory over Shields; and then defeated the Wing Blue Streaks in the semi-finals, 13 to 3. Ruth Syvrud pitched the local crew to victory in the semi-final and championship games.

An average temperature of 75 degrees for August was the highest ever recorded at the Bismarck weather bureau during the past 64 years that North Dakota weather records have been in existence. A northwest wind clocked at 53 miles an hour on August 10 also marked the strongest wind for any August since 1875.

For the past several months, 26 women could be seen on the second floor of the Custer School building, working at 23 sewing machines, or sewing by hand, a variety of garments for the county’s poorest children. According to Mrs. Anna Blake, county supervisor of the WPA project, 2219 garments, including dresses, overalls and shirts for children, ages 1 to 14, were sewed at the Mandan center just during the month of July. Garments made in the centers are distributed to relief clients as surplus commodities.


100 Years Ago – 1912

“Peter Renner, the 13-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Renner, met with a very serious accident on Friday afternoon while playing crack-the-whip during afternoon recess at the Central School, when he was thrown violently to the ground, striking his right arm in such a manner as to break both bones of the forearm. He was picked up by his classmates and teachers, and a physician was called who removed the boy to his home and reduced the fractures.

“W. S. Parkin last week shipped 250-head of cattle from his ranch near Shields which sold on the Chicago markets at excellent prices. One bunch of steers brought an average of $148 a head, which is pretty close to the record price for North Dakota cattle.

“About 400 were present on Sunday when the new Lutheran church, located about 13 miles west of Mandan in the Heart River district, was opened to its first congregation and was dedicated to the work of God. Rev. O. G. Belsheim of this city conducted the confirmation service.”

A Mandan business directory from the year 1912.

125 Years Ago – 1887

The village of Mandan was organized in the spring of 1881; by 1887 the population was already nearing the 2,500 mark.

September 14, 1887: “On Friday, at 3:30 p.m. the thermometer stood at 78 degrees above zero.

“It is a great relief to the people of Mandan that court has adjourned. Not merely because the expense of the court has stopped, but the worrying eccentricities of the Judge has concluded. A week ago, Judge Francis undertook to tell the writer hereof that he dishonored the journalism profession. Gone are the days when newspapers were able to publish the truth without being held in contempt. We can only hope Judge Francis will not be reappointed when his term expires next July.

“At early dawn could be seen the Presbyterian minister and a portion of his flock armed to the teeth, wending their way southward with blood in their eyes. Alas for the poor prairie chickens!”


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